Saturday January 31, 2015

Man in coma after 'random' attack

A man visiting from Calgary was hospitalized and remains in an induced coma today after a seemingly random attack in North Kamloops on Sunday morning.

At around 4 a.m., the 29-year-old was with a group of friends walking along Wood Street between Fortune Drive and Tranquille Road when a group of men in a building confronted them.

"As far as we understand at this point the group of men walking on the street didn't know these people in the building," said RCMP Sgt. Fran Bethell. "There was a verbal exchange and a group of mostly native men came out of the building."

The men on the street ran away and when they noticed the victim wasn't with them, turned back.

He was found lying on the sidewalk with serious head injuries and was taken to Royal Inland Hospital where medical personnel induced a coma.

Police don't suspect a connection between the victim and his attackers, which places the crime in a rare category.

"It's pretty rare here in Kamloops," said Bethell. "Random violence isn't something that would be common here in town. Usually, we find that violence is more associated to individuals who are known to each other or drug-related. But, in this case, we haven't found a connection to either of those."

Police reached the victim's family in Ontario and his parents are travelling to Kamloops to be with him.

"They are very concerned," said Bethell.

Police are asking who heard or saw the attack to contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.

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